To make a reservation call Syri Gerstner at 480-760-5334
To use one of Arizonans for Children’s two visitation centers, please attend an Orientation at our Phoenix Visitation Center. Contact Syri Gerstner at 480-760-5334 or by email at email@example.com to schedule your place for an upcoming orientation.
Upon successful completion of this mandatory orientation; you will be given sign-in details for our online booking system.
To make a reservation for supervised visits for foster children and biological parents call 480-760-5334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have already completed our mandatory orientation, please visit https://az4children.checkappointments.com/ to book your visits.
Downtown Phoenix Center
1112 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85013 (Map)
Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 6:00PM
East Valley Center
in the Desert Heritage Church
1020 N Horne, Mesa, Arizona 85203 (Map)
Monday through Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00PM
Arizonans for Children opened the state’s first Children’s Visitation Center in Phoenix in January 2003. This Center, which is the foundation for all of AFC’s programs, provides a safe home-like environment where supervised family visitations and bonding activities can take place. Due to the intense community need and the success of the first Center, in January 2006 AFC opened a second Visitation Center inside Celebration Lutheran Church in Peoria. In June 2007 we opened our third Center in Desert Heritage Church in Mesa.
2003 we served 1,573 people
2016 - 101,466
2017 - 79,435
To date since our inception in January 2003--August 31, 2018 we have served 862,750 people.
A requirement of the court, supervised visits provide an opportunity for evaluation of a parent’s successful incorporation of parenting skills acquired through attendance of State provided classes and counseling. The goal is to determine parental suitability with the possibility of family reunification.
A key part of helping Arizona children who have been removed from their homes is helping them maintain contact with their siblings and parents. It is a sad fact that prior to the opening of the Children’s Visitation Centers, these visits took place in cramped Department of Child Safety offices. These places generally increase a child’s fear and apprehension while doing nothing to nurture and restore the parent-child relationship.
The Center in downtown Phoenix offers a game room, nursery, toddler room, large living room settings, and outside playground. The Center in Mesa has a kitchen, dining room, outside playground, nursery, game room and large visitation Rooms.
All rooms at the two Visitation Centers were completely furnished by a donation from The Room Store.
With your help we can increase the programs available for our community's less fortunate children.
We have a great need for volunteers to staff at our two Centers. In doing so, you will be making a huge difference in the quality of life for these children. Find out more >>
On February 6, 2013 a New Playground
was built at Mesa Visitation Center
by Playworld Systems, Read more>
UNITEDHEALTHCARE, ARIZONANS FOR CHILDREN AND KaBOOM! BUILT PLAYGROUND IN JUST ONE DAY FOR PHOENIX CHILDREN
More than 200 volunteers from UnitedHealthcare and Arizonans for Children, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the Phoenix community on Saturday, Oct. 20 to build a new playground at Arizonans for Children’s Phoenix Visitation Center located at 1112 West Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in August.
The new playground will eventually serve thousands of children. Arizonans for Children’s Phoenix Visitation Center provides a comfortable and neutral environmentspecially
designated for supervised visitations so that children who are wards of the state can establish and maintain the best possible relationship with non-custodial parents and family.
The Phoenix playground was the ninth built by KaBOOM! and UnitedHealthcare as part of the latter’s “Do Good. Live Well.” initiative – a campaign to inspire service and volunteerism among the company’s employees. This Phoenix project represents one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2012 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.